Gliding on the ice
Razor sharp edges promise
Gliding on the ice
Razor sharp edges promise
“Every day is a great day for hockey.”
“All hockey players are bilingual. They know English and profanity.”
Tonight was the last hockey game of 2017 for my daughter. Thankfully, the team won 3-2 and Hope even got an assist on one of the goals. Who says girls can’t play hockey? Speaking of young ladies, if you haven’t already, take a look at the second quote. I don’t know if Gordie Howe meant to include women, but I can tell you with 100% certainty that the young ladies who play hockey are fully aware and use with no hesitation every curse word under the sun. Don’t let anyone tell you different!!!!!!
“Win or lose, do it fairly.”
Last night my daughters hockey team played a team of thugs from West Hartford, CT. Pretty much from the outset of the game, they played dirty, all with the blessing of their coach. Although her team was losing badly, they kept playing hard, but fair. And even with this commanding lead, the team continued to deliver cheap shot after cheap shot to our young ladies, even breaking the nose of one of our players.
Earlier in the game, my daughter had been checked into the glass. She wasn’t really injured, but certainly could have been. As the game proceeded. she took several more hits, all without penalties on the opposing players. It was clear to me and the other parents in attendance that they game was getting out of hand. In the third period, my daughter took this cross check to the back of the neck and she went face first directly into the ice (see picture below). Finally a major penalty was assessed to the other team!
Now I am under no illusion that hockey is a totally safe sport. But it is most safe when you play by the established rules and you have referees who enforce those rules. The reason I am writing this entry is because our players did not stoop to the level that this team started on. They went into the game with a high degree of integrity and sportsmanship that never wavered. Not even when the score was 6-0 and they were basically getting mugged left and right, our young ladies retained their composure and played hockey.
Were they frustrated? You bet. Were they pissed off? No doubt. Were they wondering why the referees weren’t calling obvious penalties? Of course. With all of that, they kept playing good, clean, hard hockey. These days, that is all I can ask for. They could have just as easily started employing the same cheap tactics that had been used against them the entire game, but they didn’t. Even though they lost the game, saw the other coach ejected and took a beating, they ended up winning the game because they were the ones who walked off of the ice with their integrity intact. Not so much for the other team.
From October through the end of March every year, my life is practically consumed by the sport of hockey. Either watching it on television or traveling to see my kids play, it has been my life for the better part of the last sixteen years. When my son played, I had to shuttle between he and my daughter teams for practices, games and tournaments. Now that he is in college, I have felt like I have been on “Hockey Parent” vacation for the last several years!
Below you will see two pictures of my daughter playing hockey on her travel team (she is on the left in both pictures). Although checking is not allowed in women’s hockey, don’t let anyone tell you that these hockey players are not as aggressive as the boys. They fight just as hard for the puck, throw elbows and will scrap with their opponents if they have to.
“A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.”
I have been coming to Trinity Pawling to watch my children play hockey for eight years now. Waiting for my daughters game to start, I had a little extra time today and since it was a sunny 60 degrees (very odd for mid February!), I decided to walk around and take some pictures. I certainly hope that you enjoy them.
“If you don’t love what you do, you won’t do it with much conviction or passion.”
~ Mia Hamm
“Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.”
~ Gail Devers
Even though it is Super Bowl Sunday, my daughter still had a hockey game. Luckily it was scheduled early enough so she could play her game, be home in time to watch the Rangers and then the Super Bowl. Here are a few pictures from todays game. Oh yeah…they won 3-1!!